BMW used the 2017 the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este to reveal the Motorrad Link concept, its vision of zero-emission urban mobility scooter.
As seems to be the case with very conceptual vehicle nowadays, the Motorrad Link concept is electric powered. It features an electric motor and flat energy packs situated underfloor, supposedly, allowing BMW’s designers to create a more distinctive design than a typical scooter.
Design highlights include a low-slung, stretched body; a flat seat; and a diagonally-rising front section that work together to create a modern yet distinctive silhouette further accentuated by the clever use of colors. Liquid Metal Titanium nicely contrasts the semi-matte black body is nicely contrasted by .
According to BMW, the Link is at home in urban environments, thanks to its fast acceleration, compact proportions and easy handling. A low overall height makes getting on it from the side or the back easy, while a reverse gear makes maneuvering into tight city spaces a simple task. The seat bench can accommodate two passengers, so you can bring a friend along for the ride if needed.
It is not known if the Link will enter production. Would you buy one if it did?
BMW M3 CS Is The Ultimate 3 Series, Packs 453HP
Joining the limited-edition BMW M4 CS, the first ever BMW M3 CS amplifies the performance of the with more power and a lighter weight.
The performance-tuned German sports sedan is built around an evolution of the standard M3’s twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter straight-six engine, which has been tuned to produce 453 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque compared to the stock 425 HP and 406 lb-ft. The engine breathes through an M-made sports exhaust system, and all that power is sent to the rear wheels by an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The powertrain allows the M3 CS to sprint to 60 mph (96 km/h) from a stop in 3.7 seconds, making it 0.2 seconds faster than the regular M3. Top speed is capped at 174 mph (280 km/h).
Like the M4, the M3 CS benefits from a long list of carbon fiber add-ons — the hood, roof panel, rear spoiler, and diffuser integrated into the rear bumper are all made from the lightweight material — that make it 110 pounds (50 kg) lighter than its lesser sibling while lowering its center of gravity.
The weight saving measures extend to the interior, where BMW’s engineers added lightweight sport seats. It’s not a stripped-out track car, however, maintaining all five seats and convenience features like automatic climate control and a Harman Kardon surround sound system.
The interior also boasts an M sports steering wheel and more Alcantara trim.
Orders for the BMW M3 CS in May 2018. You have to act fast if you want one, because production is limited to 1,200 units worldwide, and only 550 is allocated to America. Pricing will be announced at a later date.
Next BMW M3 Will Have More Power, All-Wheel-Drive?
With all-wheel drive doing wonders for the new BMW M5, allowing it to accelerate faster than many supercars, the M3 is next in line to get the performance-boosting AWD treatment.
BMW has stated that adding xDrive as an option feature on its traditionally rear-wheel-drive performance cars is a logical evolution as power output continues to increase. In the case of the , it can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 3.2 seconds largely because power can be sent to all four wheels.
The makes 425 ponies out of the gate, while the flagship M4 GTS has 493 horsepower. According to , the next-generation M3 / M4 will be offered with on-demand all-wheel drive to go along with a significant increase in output to nearly 500 horsepower in its tamest configuration.
Other expected improvements include the GTS’ water-injection tech and a 48-volt electrical system that provides extra energy for electric motors that spool up the turbocharger.
Codenamed ‘G80’, the sixth-generation M3 and M4 will reportedly debut in 2020 or later. What would you like to see from BMW?
Tesla Model S Emits More CO2 Than Mitsubishi Mirage
The common belief that electric cars are more eco-friendly than conventional, gas-powered cars is not entirely founded, with a new study finding that the Telsa Model S actually emits more carbon dioxide (C02) than the Mitsubishi Mirage.
Carried out by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the study looked at the amount of carbon dioxide emitted by the Mirage, the Model S, and the BMW 750i xDrive over the course of their respective life cycles, examining the energy required to build each car, keep it fueled up with either gasoline or electricity, and recycle it.
The Mitsubishi Mirage came out on top, emitting 192 grams of CO2 per kilometer compared to the Model S’ 226 grams and the BMW’s 385 grams.
According to British magazine , the Model S had an upper hand because the study placed it in the American Midwest, a region where electricity is generated from renewable sources like wind and solar energy, undoubtedly lowering its CO2 emissions. That still wasn’t enough to beat the Mirage.
Yes, electric cars emit virtually zero CO2; however, the mining and processing of lithium to use in their battery packs is a “high-impact undertaking’ that pollutes. Considering that the bigger the car, the more minerals it needs, the small Nissan Leaf might have fared better than the Mirage had it been included in the study, while the Model X would have performed even worse than the Model S.
The researchers careful to point out that the study doesn’t mean electric cars are bad for the environment, stating “Both hybrid and electric vehicles are better than conventional cars in… emissions-intensive locations.”
Even so, so much for the “clean car” theory tossed around by automakers and government officials…